Men in the city

Men in the city

Dayton’s most eligible men take part in charity bachelor auction event

By Stacey Ritz

On Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m., 16 amazing bachelors from the Dayton community will gather for the PUSH (Professionals United for Sexual Health) Dayton Bachelor Auction event to raise funds for Planned Parenthood.

“We have a fantastically diverse group of bachelors this year, ranging in age and occupations. We have business owners, a state trooper, dancers, a writer and a meteorologist to name a few,” said Jennifer Shinkle, PUSH Dayton Committee member and Event Chair. “We have someone for every age, ranging from mid-20s to 60s.”

Each bachelor will come with a date package. Following the Bachelor Auction, an after-party will be held in the adjacent 29 Stories Lounge.

Whether you are looking for love or just looking to support a great local cause, this is a must attend event, according to Shinkle.

“We are 2-for-2 in auction successes,” Shinkle said. “The current chairperson of this year’s Bachelor Auction is still going strong with a bachelor that she bought last year, and one of our PUSH Co-Chairs met her husband at the first auction and they are now proud parents.

“It is more important than ever to support Planned Parenthood and to get involved with PUSH. Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region served more than 23,000 patients in its eight health centers just in the last year,” said Crystal Justice, Associate Director of Development of Miami Valley Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region (PPSWO).

“A sharp increase in STIs has been reported in the Miami Valley,” Justice said. “Our work to promote safe sex and access to testing is crucial to sexual health outcomes in our communities. Planned Parenthood makes quality care accessible and affordable to everyone.”

Every dollar raised from the Dayton Bachelor Auction event goes directly towards Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio’s free condom program and sexual health advocacy in the Miami Valley Region.

“Our goal is to bring awareness to the community and to support practicing safe sex,” Justice said.  PUSH is a Young Professionals group of Planned Parenthood Advocates. Made up of women and men from the Miami Valley, PUSH members support the use of prevention to promote sexual health and prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

This year’s Bachelor Auction not only features local bachelors and date packages, but also a photo spread, questionnaire and a bachelor video clip will be posted online prior to the auction to help attendees get to know each bachelor prior to the event. Bachelor profiles will be posted to www.pushdayton.org.

If you plan on attending the event with your partner, there are other ways to support local Planned Parenthood efforts.

“For couples attending the event, we will be auctioning off date packages sans bachelor. So you can still support a great cause even if you’re not looking for the man of your dreams,” Shinkle said.

In 2011, the event raised close to $5,000, with approximately 115 guests.

“We expect to bring in even more attendees and we have a goal to raise $8,000 for the cause. This is a very important year for us. There is no event quite like this,” Shinkle said.

It’s important not to wait until the night of the event to purchase tickets. Tickets in advance are $20 and a limited number of tickets are available.  Any remaining tickets the day of the event will be $25.

It was four years ago that Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio saw a need in the Dayton community. Monica Deal was approached and asked to head up a young professionals group for the organization, and PUSH was born. Since its inception, PUSH has held more than 20 events and raised more than $20,000 for Planned Parenthood. Today, the group is co-chaired by Meg Thompson and Monica Deal and has an Executive Committee of 15 volunteers in the local community.

In addition to attending the upcoming Dayton Bachelor Auction event, you can continue to support local Planned Parenthood efforts through volunteering.  To learn more about local volunteer opportunities, stop by and “like” PUSH Dayton’s Facebook page or go to www.pushdayton.org.

“Not only does this event showcase the numerous supporters of Planned Parenthood in our community, but it also affords attendees with the opportunity to mingle with like-minded professionals from around the region,” Shinkle said. “The event allows you to meet people outside of your ‘normal’ social circles, cliques and environment. And, of course, since we’ve had a success story come out of each year, we (the committee) always look forward to seeing the matches that work out and the relationships/friendships that are formed.”

Whether you’re a single lady looking to bid on an eligible bachelor or a couple wanting to support a local cause through bidding on a date package sans bachelor, come out and enjoy the night on Sept. 21. It will be a night of philanthropy and fun with the city’s most eligible bachelors. One couple from last year,s event is still going strong, so you never know what might happen.

The PUSH 2012 Men in the City Charity Bachelor Auction will take place on Friday, Sept. 21 from 7-10 p.m. at the Dayton Racquet Club, 40 N. Main St. in the Kettering Tower. Advance tickets are $20 and $25 the day of the event. For more information visit www.pushdayton.org.

Reach DCP freelance writer Stacey Ritz at StaceyRitz@daytoncitypaper.com

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